The Joe McKissick Endowed Scholarship for Gerontology was established in 1994 in recognition of his completing fifty years in ministry in 1993. His ministry, which began when he was 17 years old, eventually led him to serve in the United States, South Africa and Canada. He continues to be involved with ministry as he conducts seminars on aging for churches across the U.S. and Canada. This scholarship will be available to students who have been recommended by the director of the Pruett Gerontology Center.   

The Helen C. Nelson Scholarship for Gerontology was established in August 1998 to make awards to "deserving students who seek to ensure quality care to older adults for their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being." The late Helen Nelson earned a teaching degree and taught school in New Mexico and California. She never married because, as the youngest of seven children, she chose to become the caregiver for her parents. This scholarship was established through a trust fund under the direction of Carol Cutler, who cared for Ms. Nelson in her declining years until her death.

The Virgil Bentley Gerontology Endowed Scholarship was established in 1990 in recognition of Mr. Bentley's successful ministry with the elderly. Mr. Bentley's history includes the distinction of being the first gerontologist in the Churches of Christ and providing years of outstanding service as a minister of Churches of Christ in Texas. Over his lifetime, Mr. Bentley authored several books including Glory Days, comprised of 366 daily readings for mature Christians. 

The Students of Gerontology Endowed Scholarship, to honor the late Zach H. Pruett, was established in 1999 to encourage students choosing to pursue an Certificate in Aging Studies. Mr. Pruett's legacy of commitment and dedication toward education is evident.

To encourage graduate research across the university, the Pruett Gerontology Center also offers financial awards to graduate students focused on issues of aging in various fields of study. Graduate students and faculty interested in doing research in the study of aging should contact Dr. Charlie Pruett at for more information.

To apply for a gerontology scholarship, please complete and submit the application below to the address given in the application. Please contact the Pruett Gerontology Center at 325.674.2350 or by email at if you have any questions.

Scholarship Application

To learn about other sources of financial aid, visit Student Financial Services

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